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Teodorescu, Alice

Columnist Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

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Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | 19/01/2016

Alice Teodorescu calls for a debate about men on the losing side

The debate about sexual attacks is helped neither by blaming them specifically on refugees nor by placing all men under suspicion, writes social commentator Alice Teodorescu in the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten: "The most recent discussions of the attacks in Cologne and Stockholm have started an interesting debate about gender and norms, as well as winners and losers. Some say that the lowest common denominator is the sex of the perpetrators. Others stress that this is all about values and cultural background. But there's yet another aspect: even if most of those who grope women are men, that doesn't mean that most men go around harassing women. And the argument that women are groped and harassed all over the world doesn't mean that all cases of harassment have the same cause. Some assaults occur in harmony with the social and cultural context, others in violation of it. For that reason we have to ask how we can best deal with this specific group of men who are at risk of being excluded from society - both as job seekers and family founders."

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | 19/09/2015

Far-right benefits from Swedes' fears

According to a current opinion poll many Swedes don't dare to express their views on political questions outside the circle of their family and friends. Conservatives in particular are reluctant to talk about migration issues. Under such conditions the growing sympathy for the right-wing Sweden Democrats is easy to understand, writes Romanian-born columnist Alice Teodorescu in the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten: "No other party has shown support for those voters who want to take in fewer refugees. At the same time, bearing in mind the growth of the SD, no other party has wanted to deal with [problematic migration issues]. ... As a migrant it makes me very sad to read this Demoskop poll. The fact that people in this country to which my family fled - not least because of the freedom of opinion here - now prefer to keep their opinions to themselves is a trend that should be of concern to us all."

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